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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Omatek supports Kano ICT park

OMATEK Ventures Plc, has given its support to the Kano State Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Park by forming an alliance with the state government in the promotion of the park.

Disclosing this recently, at the Information Technology Association of Nigeria (ITAN) Chief Executive Officers’ (CEO) summit, in Kano, the Special Adviser to the Governor on ICT and Education, Alhaji Bashir Galadanci, said, the Kano ICT Park would serve as an avenue to improve on ICT infrastructure in the state, while developing and encouraging patronage of locally manufactured computer products like Omatek that are of same quality with the foreign brands.

He also noted that Omatek comes in handy at this period, mostly with its easy computer acquisition scheme known as the e-Xpress initiative, through which indigenes of Kano State could own personal computers.

In her message to the summit, the Group Managing Director, Omatek Ventures Plc, Mrs. Florence Seriki said the collaboration between her company’s e-Xpress scheme and the Kano State government would help to bridge the digital divide, while enhancing Information Technology (IT) penetration in the state.

The Omatek e-Xpress Consumer scheme, she said, comes with a huge funding support from partnering banks, which makes it easier for Kano State indigenes, civil servants, corporate executives, corporate organizations, educational institutions, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and students to acquire computers and other home entertainment products through a convenient payment plan which spans 12 and 24 months.

Meanwhile, Omatek recently unveiled a subsidiary, the Omatek Engineering Services Limited (OESL) to focus on services, including disaster and data recovery, network optimization and web security.

Chief Operating Officer (COO), OESL, Mr. Femi Numa told Champion Infotel that in addition, his firm would be designing optimized green network power solutions, also known as the Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) and inverters for home and industrial uses.

He explained that OSEL has come to further reinforce the confidence of Nigerians that the ICT service infrastructure could be managed according to internationally recognized best practices.

He stressed that OESL would maximize customer satisfaction with the services provided using effective web-based helpdesk system.

The new subsidiary, he said, works in partnership with Kelong - a Chinese company reputed to be one of the world’s biggest UPS’ manufacturers’ was recently commissioned to produce a range of UPS, inverters and power backup systems that could be used for telecommunications applications, in homes, offices, server rooms, medical institutions, industries, large corporations, banks, Automated Teller Machines (ATM) points and other mission critical environments, hotels, industries and factories.

Equally speaking at the occasion for the visiting foreign partners, which attracted top dignitaries from the corporate and government circles in Lagos recently, Omatek Group Managing Director, Mrs. Florence Seriki said the strategic partnership between Omatek group and its foreign technical partners led by Valona of Singapore is aimed at delivering world class ICT solutions to the banking and financial institutions, telecoms, government, oil and gas as well as the public sector.

She noted that this alliance has become necessary in view of the need to address critical ICT areas in the Nigerian business terrain.

Several presentations were made by OESL foreign partners including Messrs Naresh Kapoor and Andy Poy of Valona Holdings West Africa and Mr. You Cheng Hwee of Maximus Consulting, Singapore who also visited several organizations to assess their needs requirements.

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